I do not need endorsement to win presidency, Kalonzo to Raila

Written By: Beth Nyaga

Kalonzo vows to be on 2022 ballot for top seat

Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka has told off his Orange Democratic Movement counterpart Raila Odinga, stating that he does not need the latter’s endorsement to win the Presidency.

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Addressing a congregation at the Kyemutheke African Inland Church earlier on Sunday, Kalonzo declared that the only endorsement he requires is that from God.

“I only seek the endorsement of our Heavenly Father who delivered the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt, taking them through the desert to the Holy Land.”

The fierce exchange was prompted by a statement by the ODM leader in the weekend dailies, where he categorically stated that he would not be endorsing any of his fellow National Super Alliance principals to vie for the Presidency in 2022.

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In the dailies, Raila claimed that, by boycotting the Swearing-In ceremony, the other principals had betrayed him by abandoning him at the hour of need, and therefore did not deserve his endorsement.

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In response, Kalonzo has declared that he does not believe in the doctrine of settling political debts.

Kalonzo said with his wide legal expertise, there was no way he could have participated in a mock, unconstitutional exercise. “How would I have participated in a fake and futile exercise that I clearly knew was unconstitutional?” he posed.

The Wiper leader declared “a New Dawn” and declared that the Sacred Alliance, composed of Musalia, Wetangula and Moi, was unstoppable. “An idea whose time has come cannot be stopped. Tuache mchezo! Let’s stop joking!” he said.

Raila was the NASA Presidential candidate in 2017 with Kalonzo as his running mate. Other NASA principals were Musalia Mudavadi (Amani National Congress), Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) and Isaac Rutto of Chama cha Mashinani.

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Following the 2017 General Election, Jubilee Alliance’s Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto were declared winners.

However, Raila organized for Swearing-In ceremony as People’s President an event which was boycotted by the other four principals.

In recent weeks, Kalonzo, Musalia, Wetangula, and Kenya African Union’s Gideon Moi, have crafted a political alliance that appears to have excluded Raila.

Concerning the Machakos by-election, Kalonzo claimed that Kavindu was leading by more than 70 per cent in popularity ratings. He, however, said there were plans to rig the polls by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua using County officials and resources.

“If there is any Machakos County staff who has applied to be engaged either as a clerk or a presiding officer, then he should step down immediately, as that practice will not be tolerated…Hatutakubali wizi! Kura za Kavindu hazitaibiwa! (We shall not allow rigging of the election. Kavindu’s votes will not be stolen by anyone).”

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Kalonzo’s rigging claims were supported by former Machakos gubernatorial candidate Wavinya Ndeti, who claimed that Machakos County staff were being threatened with sackings if they did not support Mutua’s Chap Chap candidate, former Water Minister Mutua Katuku.

Kalonzo was accompanied by MPs Robert Mbui (Kathiani), Patrick Makau (Mavoko), Mutinda Mule (Matungulu), Joshua Kimilu (Kaiti), Joshua Mwalyo (Masinga), the Kitui and Machakos Woman Representatives Irene Kasalu and Kamene Kasimbi, as well as the Wiper Machakos County senatorial candidate, Agnes Kavindu Muthama.


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